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Repaving begins overnight on Hempstead Turnpike

Eastbound traffic on Hempstead Turnpike near Nassau University

Eastbound traffic on Hempstead Turnpike near Nassau University Medical Center. (Jan. 3, 2013) Credit: David Pokress

Repaving of an 8.5-mile stretch of Hempstead Turnpike between the Meadowbrook State Parkway and Route 110 began Monday and will close portions of the roadway twice daily until the project is completed, the state Department of Transportation said.

The project covers portions of Hempstead Turnpike, Route 24, in the towns of Hempstead, Oyster Bay and Huntington, according to the agency.

Work started near the Bethpage State Parkway and is scheduled to proceed westbound. The project concentrates first on repaving deteriorated sections of Hempstead Turnpike between Wantagh Avenue and Route 110, and between the Bethpage State Parkway and Route 110, "prior to the onset of winter weather," the agency said in a news release.

Once westbound Hempstead Turnpike is repaired and repaved, construction will begin in the eastbound direction. Travel lanes will be shifted to accommodate construction, and a single travel lane in each direction will be maintained wherever possible, the agency said.

Travel lanes will be closed 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday through Friday, weather permitting. Also, daytime drainage improvement work will affect travel between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

On-street parking also will be prohibited during certain stages of the project, the agency said.

Up-to-date traffic and travel information is available by calling 511 or visiting Also, motorists can visit or on their handheld devices.

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